Programs

The Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy offers three master’s degree programs—the master of public policy, the master of international development policy, and the international master of environmental policy—and a doctorate in public policy.

Master of Public Policy Program (MPP)

The two-year professional MPP Program prepares students for leadership roles in government and nonprofit organizations, both in domestic and international locations. Dual degrees in law (JD) and business (MBA) are available through Duke University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A dual degree in law (JD) is also offered through North Carolina Central School of Law. Dual degrees in environment (MEM/MF), divinity (MDiv), and medicine (MD) are offered through Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke Divinity School, and the Duke University School of Medicine. The MPP Program requires full-time enrollment, and most students have two-to-six years of post-undergraduate work experience.

4+1 Accelerated MPP

The 4+1 Accelerated MPP track is an opportunity for Duke undergraduate public policy majors to complete both their undergraduate and master’s degrees in five years. Majors who are able to pursue graduate-level coursework during their senior year are eligible to apply in the spring of their junior year.

Master of National Security Policy (MNSP)

The Master of National Security Policy program is a one-year program for those working in national security – government, military, defense or consulting – to help advance their career and skills. Students can achieve their ambitions in just one year while continuing to work. The program is for those currently working in national security who have at least seven years of work experience.

International Master of Environmental Policy Program (iMEP)

This two-year program based at Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China is supported equally by the Sanford School and the Nicholas School of the Environment. Students spend the fall semester of their second year studying at Duke. The iMEP degree offers a highly interdisciplinary program that prepares students to lead in the environmental policy realm in a variety of settings: government, NGO, think tank, academia, and private sector.

Master of International Development Policy Program (MIDP)

The MIDP is a unique, flexible interdisciplinary degree program that educates mid-career professionals who plan to dedicate their careers to policy-making and public service in and for developing countries. Students may focus their studies in one of seven areas: Applied Economics, Development Management and Governance, Environmental Management and Policy, Law and Development, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Social Policy, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship. It also offers a specialized track in International Tax - Public Financial Management.

Public Policy PhD Program

The Duke PhD in public policy is a research-focused, five-year degree program that prepares students for academic careers, research and consulting, or senior leadership positions in public agencies. The program requires a two-course sequence in political economy and coursework in three other social science disciplines. Students designate a disciplinary concentration such as economics, political science, psychology or sociology, as well as a policy focus, such as social policy, globalization and development, or health policy. The University Program in Environmental Policy is jointly administered by the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Nicholas School of the Environment. It is the first PhD program in the United States jointly administered by a school of public policy and a school of the environment.